Herjolfsnes no.42, size Small
This long sleeved kirtle is based on an extant garment from Herjolfsnes (no. 42). One very similar kirtle from the same area has been carbon dated to 1380-1530, but it doesn't necessarily date this garment to the same period (Østergård, Else, Woven into the earth: textiles from Norse Greenland, Aarhus University Press, Aarhus, 2004).
The original kirtle was identified by archaeologist Poul Nørlund as a male garment, but similar close-fitting garments with great fullness can be seen worn by women in illustrated manuscripts, for example Omne Bonum (England, circa 1360-1375) and Book of Hours (France, circa 1475).
The kirtle consists of a front piece and a back piece, each with a gusset inserted at the waist, and with four side panels, two on each side. The original garment had two pocket slits which have been left out in this kirtle.
Material: 100% organic wool twill, medium weight.
The kirtle is entirely hand sewn with waxed linen thread.
Lenght: 143 cm
Bust: 90 cm
Waist: 96 cm
Length from shoulder to waist: 37 cm
Sleeve length, underarm: 51 cm
Sleeve length, overarm: 59 cm
Armscye: 44 cm
Hem: 270 cm